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Stress arises from:

Changes in the way we live

Changes in our environment (e.g. who we lvoe and who we live with)

Changes in friendships

Loss and grief

School (exams etc)

Relationships

Illness

Difficult situations, causing boredom, frustration, and excitement and uncertainty

Stress affects body and mind.

 

Some stress is good:

It gives us excitement

It helps us succeed


Too much stress makes us:

Unable to function properly

Tired

Unwell

 

Everyone reacts differently to similar situations. Each person has their own needs and limits to stress.

 

Signs of Distress include feelings of:

Sadness

Exhaustion

Anger

Physical tension and pain

Irritability

Anxiety

Difficulty with sleep

 

Distress comes from:

Too many changes happening at once

Sudden change

Little energy to cope

Crisis

Overwhelming situations

 

Resulting in...

Loss of concentration

Irritability

Loss of appetite

Not careing for self

Fidgeting

Headaches

Mistakes in schoolwork

Sickness

Lack of Energy

 

Children and young people can get just as stressed as adults

 

What helps me when I'm stressed (ideas from others colected at a workshop):

Breathing steadily

Listening to/playing music

Planning

The outdoors

Food

Walking in the fresh air

Changing attitudes

Not taking htings to heart

Plugging in to a higher strength

Taking time out

Mixing with people

Writing down feelings

Taking a bath

Going on a fast/hard bike ride

Thinking about ways I could solve the situation

Painting

Having faith and hope

Listening to others

Learning new ways

Saying to yourself "I did the best I could"

Spending time with animals/pets

Being less demanding on myself

Saying "I'm unique, special, I'm me"

Laughing

Running

Expressing feelings verbally

Thinking "I'm Okay"

Watching videos

Thinking of things you like

Reading

Talking with a friend

A sense of humour

 

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